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Series: Masked Rider
"On a distant and embattled planet called Edenoi, a young prince named Dex is given great powers by his grandfather, the King, and is sent to the planet Earth, to protect it from the advancing evil of Count Dregon and his vicious Insectivores. Once on Earth, he is adopted by a kind family, and learns to live as a human. With his companion Ferbus at his side, Dex is ever-vigilant, ready at a moment's notice to call on his powers to become... Masked Rider."

Ectophase Activate!

Saban's Masked Rider is an American television series produced by Saban Entertainment that aired from 1995 through 1996. In much the same way as Power Rangers with Super Sentai, this show was adapted from the ninth Kamen Rider series Kamen Rider Black RX. Like Power Rangers series that have recontextualized the source footage from their original plots, Masked Rider recontextualizes Black RX's footage by using it to fit a Sitcom type show with a more...traditional Sci-Fi premise.

The plot concerned a young alien prince named Dex, sent from a distant planet Edenoi to fight against his wicked uncle Count Dregon and his Insectovores. Having already rendered Edenoi near-uninhabitable, Dregon has turned his attention to Earth.

Dex arrives in a town named Leawood and is adopted by a multiracial American family, dad Hal (white), mom Barbara (East Asian), sister Molly (white) and brother Albee (black). Dex also brought along his pet bipedal duck/bear creature named Ferbus.

Dex was introduced in a three-part episode in the beginning of the third season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, but the show itself had no references to that series. Whilst the pilot demonstrated a powerful message about enslavement and environmental damage, and left Edenoi with somewhat of a Downer Ending by the end of the third part, the changes in the series ignored this ending and underused a lot of potentially dramatic material in favor of a more simplistic good versus evil story based on Earth.

The first handful of episodes were fairly comparable to the quality of Power Rangers but it soon dropped fast. The main reason for the criticism includes turning the already Lighter and Softer Kamen Rider Black RX Up to Eleven, making it into even more of a comedic and vapid program.

Until 2009's Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, it was the only American adaptation of Kamen Rider. Still, the show does have a cult fandom and introduced many to the Kamen Rider franchise. Some of the background music was later used in Saban's dub of Digimon Adventure.


The show contains examples of:

  • Amusing Alien: Dex has traces of this at times. One example would be that his race, Edenoians, derive from insects instead of apes — so guess what he answered on an Earth biology test on the subject of human origins...
  • Big Bad: Count Dregon
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The Masked Rider Warriors (the show's counterpart to Kotaro's Rider predecessors in RX) had their names accidentally switched during the roll call due to an inconsistency between how the Japanese footage was edited and how it was actually dubbed.note  The results are hilarious, with the part where Sky Rider proclaims himself to be "Amazon" becoming a popular meme.
  • Bowdlerize: The Electro Saber was made to shoot fireballs as stabbing monsters through the body and out again was deemed "too violent". (Strangely, the nigh-identical Laser Lance finisher in VR Troopers was not altered.)
    • Possibly because Masked Rider aired on network television, while VR Troopers aired in syndication, meaning the latter could get away with it due to less restrictions.
      • That and most of the villains in VR Troopers were robots, and the show can and did say destroyed villains would be rebuilt (to explain why they could be seen in recycled crowd shots if nothing else.) With how about two thirds of the monsters on Masked Rider were aliens or mutants, maybe they didn't think they could get away with goring obviously living opponents through with a lightsaber.
      • Ironically averted in one of the later episodes where Dex destroys Ocusect by stabbing her through her giant eye! To be more specific she switches from her humanoid form to her giant flying eyeball form and Dex throws his electro saber at her, stabbing right through the eye. He then grabs hold of his weapon with her still attached and thrusts it in for a few moments while Ocusect writhes in pain and THEN explodes. So humanoid monsters briefly getting stabbed is deemed to violent but impaling a giant eyeball and inflicting extreme pain on it is okay? Huh?
  • Batman in My Basement: When Ferbus first arrived, Molly and Albee had to hide him due to Hal's allergies, but Hal is not allergic anymore around Ferbus; once he revealed himself, Ferbus was accepted as part of the family.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Donais, to become the Robo Rider. Also, Dregon once brainwashed Barbara to replace Nefaria when he got fed up with her.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Ectophase Activate!"
  • California Doubling
  • Catch Phrase: "It'll take a lot more than that to stop Masked Rider!"
  • Character as Himself: Ferbus (partially justified as he was an animatronic puppet in the first few episodes before becoming a guy in a suit)
  • Cool Car: Magno
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: A look at the differences and similarities between an episode and its Japanese counterpart can be seen here.
  • Evil Uncle: Count Dregon
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Magno the talking car is introduced, her sultry female voice invites Dex to "feel free to check out the merchandise."
  • Green Aesop: One episode deals with one of Count Dregon's servant Cyclopter making a monster out of parts from older monsters that had been destroyed. Once Dex/Masked Rider destroys it, Count Dregon admits that recycling can be most useful at saving money/energy...but notes that all of the materials needed to be sorted and labeled first, and so sends Cyclopter to do it.
  • Hero For A Day: Albee accidentally getting Dex's Masked Rider powers.
  • I Don't Know Mortal Kombat: Averted. Dex's superhuman reflexes make him a master at the (likely less violent) in-universe expy of Mortal Kombat. He eventually quits it because is too good at it, considering his skills cheating.
    • Dex is so good at video games, the overload of WIN can break the TV! Wait...
  • In the Name of the Moon: Dex does this at times. More particularly during the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers crossover.
  • Kiai: Dex does this. A lot.
  • Kirk's Rock: Features prominently in many episodes, just as in related series.
  • Made of Explodium: A literal example, in one episode where a monster with banana weaponry was actually trying to steal a substance called Explodium.
  • Monster of the Week: Here it's somewhat justified in that Count Dregon only sends one monster at a time: sending them all is actually suggested in the premiere, but he says that all those monsters could not be controlled at once.
  • Narrator: Used at the end of each episode over the end credits where he would talk humorously about the events of the episode.
    Will Hal's TV quit smoking? Will Dex ever learn to take his clothes off before he showers? All this and more on the next exciting adventure of... Masked Rider!
  • Playing Gertrude: Candace Kita (then known as Candace Camille Bender), the actress playing Barbara, was fifteen at the time. Robbing the cradle much, Hal? The main purpose of the fifties housewife look is to disguise the fact that she's younger than her daughter. Of course, the kids are adopted...
  • Raised by Grandparents: Dex was raised by his grandfather.
  • Show Within a Show: an episode of Power Rangers Time Force shows Masked Rider as this. Best to not think about this.
    • A few conversations about the episode with a Promoted Fanboy chalks up the Masked Rider television series to be something Dex created when the battles with Dregon were over and he settled on Earth.
  • Stock Footage: Aside from the obvious use of RX footage, expect to see reused shots from time to time.
  • Stunt Double: The show uses Kotaro Minami as this, with Dex dressing up in the same white outfit to blend in with the Stock Footage in some civilian fights. Most probably for budget reasons, since Saban was unable to obtain most of the monster costumes from Black RX. This explains why "Dex" is never seen in the same shot as the monster whenever he wears a different outfit other than Kotaro Minami's. At times, Kotaro's face could be seen during such fights.
    • The show also uses Kamen Rider ZO and Kamen Rider J as this for suited fights as well. The close-up shots feature Dex in the RX suit, but the faraway action shots depicts him wearing a completely different outfit.
    • Keep in mind, Masked Rider is NOT the first show that uses this method of editing. VR Troopers, and numerous Power Rangers series have used footage of the Japanese actors as doubles for their respective American counterparts. However, the aforementioned budget forced production to use this method very often in Masked Rider.
  • That Man Is Dead: Robo Rider about Donais.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Robo Rider feels this way towards Masked Rider.

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